Majority of American Favor School Choice, Except for 2020 Democrats
A recent poll revealed that a majority of Americans favor school choice. About 48% favor charter schools, roughly 58% favor using tax credits to fund private school scholarships, and 49% favor the use of school vouchers for low-income families. The poll reveals clear bipartisan support of education freedom policies. So why are Democratic candidates opposed to school choice?
None of this is shocking. Many charter school attendees and tax-credit scholarship recipients are low-income children of color, whose parents largely vote Democrat. So why wouldn’t these voters support school choice? Yet the Democratic candidates who are supposed to represent these voters can’t seem to get the picture — likely due to who is filling their pockets on the campaign trail.
Though Sen. Elizabeth Warren declines “PAC money of any kind” for her presidential campaign, she has routinely accepted donations from teachers’ unions such as the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association during Senate campaigns. A top recipient of NEA funds in the 2018 cycle, Warren attended a forum they organized earlier this year, alongside other candidates.
Money aside, “The EdNext poll should serve as a wakeup call to 2020 Democratic candidates,” National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nina Rees said in a statement. “Today’s results are a powerful reminder that parents vote with their feet, and support for charter schools is growing.”
A majority of voting, taxpayers want the freedom to choose which schools to send their kids that fit their individual needs. It doesn’t matter which party they’re affiliated with; it all comes down to quality education. Children should not be used as pawns in a political war for the Left so they can attempt to take over the White House, nor should children be deprived of an education that works for them.